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WSU Bee Expert Named New Island County Extension Director

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Washington State University post-doctoral research assistant Tim Lawrence has been named the new director for WSU’s Island County Extension office. Jim Kropf, western district director for WSU Extension, made the announcement.

Tim Lawrence with a bee beard

Lawrence, who is currently a researcher with the Honey Bee Health Program in the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences’ Department of Entomology in Pullman, will assume his new position effective May 1.

“In addition to his bee expertise, Tim brings an extensive and diverse background in land use and water quality education, agricultural safety, and the management of small, diversified agricultural operations, as well as county extension work,” said Kropf.

Previously, Lawrence was manager and co-director of the University of California Extension Center for Water and Land Use, and also served as coordinator for the University of California Sea Grant program. He also was the program director for Ohio State University’s NEMO program, providing watershed education for municipal officials.

“County Extension is where we bring the scientific research and knowledge of the university to the community level, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Island County communities,” said Lawrence. “I’m really excited by the opportunity to be working hands-on in the community.”

Information about the programs and resources available through WSU Island County Extension can be found at http://www.island.wsu.edu/.

Media Contacts

Jim Kropf, WSU Extension Western District Director, 253-445-4526
Tim Lawrence, WSU Entomology Department, 509-335-5504